July 2021 Collection Weight Was 1,929 Pounds

Our ongoing 10-year impact report documenting the cumulative total of monthly weights and measures and the value of annual collections is located in a table on the Collection Amounts page.

Thank you for your continued level of extraordinary generosity.

Fearrington residents can also safely make a cash donation online by using this button. 100% of your donation goes directly to CORA.

To donate funds to CORA securely online, use this button.

As part of the July 2021 collection, neighbors also included envelopes containing a total of $1,630 in checks and online credit card donations ($1,000 in cash/checks and $630 online), all of which was delivered to CORA as part of this month's neighborhood collection.

Since PORCH Fearrington began in 2011, residents have donated $101,630 to CORA.

Since May 2021, CORA has received $3,185 just in online donations through our PORCH donation link, for a grand total of $37,858 in online donations since March 17, 2020 when the pandemic social-distancing began (and they keep coming).

Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word about CORA's need.

Consider adding items for CORA's May SNACK drive to your August PORCH Fearrington Donation, and we'll deliver your SNACK donation for you as part of our monthly community collection!

CORA’s SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) program distributes food to more than 1,500 kids who depend upon free or reduced cost meals at school during the school year, but who have little or no replacement for this nutrition when school is not in session. SNACK!’s goal is to increase the accessibility of nutritious meals throughout the summer to children facing food insecurity in Chatham County. SNACK! provides each participating child with 21 nutritious meals each week mid-June through mid-August.

In October 2019, we surpassed the 200,000 pounds (100 tons) milestone since our inception in 2011!

Since the PORCH model began in Chapel Hill 10 years ago, PORCH communities have collected the equivalent of $4.3 million. PORCH Communities are really making a difference!

In April 2016, we exceeded the first 100,000-pound milestone since beginning the program!

See the article on the June 05th community celebration and award presentation from CORA.

Next Community Pick-Up & Delivery Date to CORA is

August 23, 2021

We're continuing the usual neighborhood collection patterns again for August 2021. Neighborhood Coordinators will distribute more specific information for food donations.

Food items especially desired by CORA for August. Not much has changed since July.

    • pasta

    • maseca

    • canned fruit in juice

    • soup

    • cereal

While plastic bags are OK for the donations, it is a lot easier for our collecting and transferring the food when we arrive at CORA if you use PAPER bags (which are a renewable resource), rather than plastic bags (which are not recyclable). The contents often fall out of plastic bags, making the handling of large volumes of food more difficult. If plastic bags are easier for you, feel free to use them for your donations. CORA likes to have a supply of plastic bags on hand for people who come for the donated food, so please do donate those empty plastic bags you do not need.

CORA also needs cash more than ever in these difficult times when closures will lead to a much larger than usual client base. If you would also like to make a cash donation to CORA, you can safely and conveniently do so by using this secure link: Your donation will go directly to CORA and you will receive an immediate receipt in reply (or you can request that one be sent to you in the mail if you prefer).

If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to CORA and send it to:


PO Box 1326

Pittsboro, NC 27312

(If you note “Fearrington PORCH” in the memo space on your check, they will know it came from us.)

See the Posted 2021 Collection Dates.

May 2021 was the 10th Anniversary of the Founding of PORCH Fearrington.

Since May 2011, we have collected and delivered 251,413 pounds (125.7 tons) and remain CORA's largest single contributor of residentially donated food.

PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes) is a concept started by three women in Chapel Hill, NC in 2009 as a way to facilitate contributions to local food banks. The concept is a simple one; participants leave food on their porches once a month, and neighborhood coordinators pick it up. Organizers collect the food from the neighborhood coordinators and deliver it to a local food bank. The organization has been growing and was featured in a November 2010 issue of Redbook magazine. Chapters now exist throughout the Triangle and as far away as California. You can check out their website at https://porchcommunities.org/.

A short video on the history of the national PORCH program, which began in Orange County, North Carolina:

We owe a big thank you to our July 2021 collectors and the drivers/loaders who each collected portions of the food contributions to CORA: Matt & Phyllis Alexander, Jon Darling, Jesse Fearrington, Dan Freehling, and Ken Indyk. As always, Travus and Reggie on the CORA truck were great too.

Note our CORA Donation Guidelines page.

PORCH-Fearrington was organized by the Fearrington Havurah, a Jewish sponsored social, cultural and educational organization open to all residents of the Fearrington Community and Galloway Ridge.